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Jul 25

Premier League at 25: the best match – Liverpool 4-3 Newcastle, April 1996

Roy Evans described Liverpool’s win as ‘kamikaze football’ but Kevin Keegan, during his time as Newcastle’s manager, helped to light up the Premier League

History is not always written by the winners. Manchester United were unquestionably the best team in the land in 1996; they proved it by landing the league and Cup Double. The triumphant return of Eric Cantona, the flowering of the Class of ’92, you can’t win anything with kids, all that … there is plenty to go on. And yet this particular story is not theirs to tell.

Occasionally the narrative is dominated by those who fell short. And that year there was clearly something in the air. Germany emerged triumphant at the European Championship, a tournament principally remembered for England’s dreaming, their 31st year of hurt. In golf the Green Jacket was draped around Nick Faldo’s shoulders at the Masters, the great man’s third win, an achievement back then bettered only by Jack and Arnie, though all everyone has talked about ever since is Greg Norman’s view-through-fingers collapse. And as for the Premiership …

Related: Premier League at 25: the best player – Eric Cantona | Paul Doyle

As long as football matches end up like this, people will come and watch … We carry on playing this way – or I go.

Related: How fans were betrayed as Premier League club owners made fortunes | David Conn

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/jul/25/premier-league-best-match-liverpool-newcastle-april-1996

Jul 22

Liverpool fans and Hillsborough groups have emotive safe standing debate

• Spirit of Shankly group organised Saturday’s meeting in Liverpool
• Opinion remains divided but rail seating options are proving popular

Liverpool fans are to vote on the introduction of rail seating in football stadiums following a constructive and at times emotive meeting on safe standing. As Damian Kavanagh, one of roughly 100 people who attended the two and a half hour discussion, put it: “This is uniquely complicated for us. We should be full, front and centre of the debate because we lived with Hillsborough.”

Momentum is growing in favour of the return of standing in the top two divisions of English football. The success of Celtic’s pilot experiment last season – now a permanent feature at Celtic Park – has given further impetus to a campaign long promoted by the Football Supporters Federation (FSF). For Liverpool, however, and particularly those affected by the 1989 disaster, it is a sensitive and complex issue that divides opinion, although on the evidence of Saturday’s public meeting the tide is turning marginally in favour.

Related: Liverpool reject £72m Barcelona bid for Philippe Coutinho: ‘we aren’t a selling club’

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/jul/22/liverpool-safe-standing-future-hillsborough-families

Jul 21

Southampton’s Virgil van Dijk told to train alone after saying he wants to leave

• Van Dijk declared ‘he is not available to play’, says Mauricio Pellegrino
• Liverpool’s No1 defensive target is not for sale, Southampton insist

Virgil van Dijk has in effect gone on strike at Southampton in an attempt to force a transfer, according to Mauricio Pellegrino. The manager said the defender had told him he wanted to leave and was not available to play for the club. Pellegrino has responded by ordering the Holland international to train alone.

Van Dijk was the subject of a botched move by Liverpool earlier in the summer, with Southampton reporting the Merseyside club to the Premier League for an alleged illegal approach. Liverpool made a public apology to try to defuse the tensions and they promised that their interest in the player had ended, although they have continued to covet him and he remains their sole defensive target. They had been willing to pay £60m.

Related: Liverpool reject £72m Barcelona bid for Philippe Coutinho: ‘we aren’t a selling club’

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/jul/21/virgil-van-dijk-training-alone-southampton-wants-leave-liverpool

Jul 21

Liverpool reject £72m Barcelona bid for Philippe Coutinho: ‘we aren’t a selling club’

• Playmaker signed new contract worth £150,000 a week last season
• Jürgen Klopp: ‘We want to make the next step and we need to stay together’

Jürgen Klopp will speak to Philippe Coutinho about the playmaker’s importance to Liverpool and the club’s determination to keep him at Anfield after rejecting an €80m (£72m) bid from Barcelona for the Brazilian.

Klopp insisted Liverpool were not a selling club having dismissed the Spanish side’s approach for Coutinho, although the size of Barcelona’s opening offer demonstrates their intent and they are expected to return with a higher bid. Coutinho is close friends with Barcelona’s forwards Luis Suárez and Neymar – who could swell the Camp Nou coffers by joining Paris Saint-Germain for a world record fee.

Related: Transfer window 2017 – every deal in Europe’s top five leagues

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/jul/21/liverpool-reject-philippe-coutinho-barcelona-bid

Jul 19

Liverpool fail with £66m Naby Keïta bid as RB Leipzig owner rules out sale

• Dietrich Mateschitz says midfielder must respect his contract
• Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp may need to switch targets

Jürgen Klopp may have to reconsider his midfield transfer strategy after RB Leipzig rejected a £66m bid from Liverpool for Naby Keïta.

Klopp has pursued the Guinea international all summer despite repeated declarations from the Bundesliga club that the 22-year-old is not for sale. Liverpool have attempted to break Leipzig’s resolve with a €75m offer, more than double their record outlay on Mohamed Salah, only to meet frustration again.

Related: Lucas Leiva: a role model who is leaving Liverpool after 10 rollercoaster years

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/jul/19/liverpool-naby-keita-bid-rb-leipzig-rules-out-sale-jurgen-klopp

Jul 18

Lucas Leiva: a role model who is leaving Liverpool after 10 rollercoaster years

The Brazilian, who has joined Lazio, was heavily criticised when he joined from Grêmio in 2007 but earned the respect of his team-mates and the 30-year-old will be sorely missed in the Anfield dressing room

Lucas Leiva had heard the lament many times before but it was still a surprise when it was repeated at his testimonial dinner by Jürgen Klopp. An atypical Brazilian would be the politest summary of the Liverpool manager’s on-stage “tribute” in April, when he gave thanks that he could at least rely on Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino to sprinkle the team with ingenuity and flair. It went unsaid but Liverpool could rely on the duo’s less-heralded compatriot for almost everything else.

The Liverpool squad have lost their longest-serving player with Lucas’ £5m transfer to Lazio. The club is not losing its most gifted or decorated player and many will be bemused by any fuss over the midfielder’s departure after 10 years but Klopp is losing an asset that he, and Liverpool managers before him, came to trust implicitly and value for his influence on and off the pitch.

Related: Transfer window 2017 – every deal in Europe’s top five leagues

It doesn’t matter to Lucas whether you’re from Runcorn or Rio, he’ll make time for you

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/jul/18/lucas-leiva-liverpool-role-model-leaving

Jul 15

Jordan Henderson expects Liverpool honours despite transfer frustration

• Midfielder backs Jürgen Klopp’s side to improve on fourth
• ‘We want to be winning things. That is the aim’

Jordan Henderson believes Liverpool will challenge for major honours next season despite Jürgen Klopp’s frustrations in attempting to land two prime targets, Naby Keita and Virgil van Dijk.

Liverpool have added their record signing, Mohamed Salah, and Dominic Solanke to their ranks this summer and hope to conclude a deal for Hull City’s left-back Andy Robertson. The club has also refused to concede defeat in the pursuit of Keita despite RB Leipzig’s repeated insistence that the midfielder is not for sale. Attempts to add Van Dijk to Klopp’s defence have also been resisted by Southampton but the Dutch international’s future remains uncertain.

Related: Premier League pre-season tours: a feast for fans in far-flung destinations

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/jul/15/liverpool-major-honours-transfer-frustration-jordan-henderson

Jul 14

Transfer round-up: Liverpool accept Lucas bid; Palace agree Martins Indi deal

• Midfielder given permission to talk personal terms with Lazio
• Palace steal march on Stoke with agreement for Porto defender

Lucas Leiva’s 10-year Liverpool career is set to end with the club accepting a £5m offer from Lazio for the Brazilian midfielder.

The 30-year-old has 12 months remaining on his contract but will be allowed to leave in pursuit of more regular football. He was still on Merseyside on Friday but has been given permission to talk personal terms with the Italian side, who are managed by Simone Inzaghi.

Related: Swansea warn Everton over Sigurdsson and raise question of tapping up

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/jul/14/lazio-liverpool-lucas-leiva-transfer

Jul 13

Liverpool target Naby Keïta is not for sale, insist RB Leipzig

• Bundesliga club stand firm in face of interest from Jürgen Klopp
• Guinea midfielder will have to force through move to Liverpool

Naby Keïta will have to force a move to Liverpool after RB Leipzig informed the Anfield club that their coveted midfielder will not be sold this summer.

The 22-year-old is Jürgen Klopp’s prime midfield target and Liverpool are willing to shatter their transfer record to bring him to Merseyside. Leipzig, however, have steadfastly refused to consider selling a player who was instrumental in their second-place finish in the Bundesliga last season and given Liverpool no encouragement regarding a transfer fee.

Related: Liverpool will have to break their transfer record to sign Naby Keïta. Is he worth it?

Related: Transfer window 2017 – every deal in Europe’s top five leagues

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/jul/13/liverpool-naby-keita-red-bull-leipzig

Jul 07

Football transfer rumours: Liverpool in for Leicester City’s Demarai Gray?

Today’s rumours are cleaning up the terrace

So Romelu Lukaku will most likely be showcasing his silky first touch at Manchester United next season. This being the case, expect blistering hot steam to whistle a-plenty from the facial apertures of long-time admirer Antonio Conte, making him wonder whether it’s worth hanging around in his current job much longer. With Diego Costa already for the off and Chelsea light up front, a crisis looms at Stamford Bridge. The purchase of Real Madrid’s Álvaro Morata and Swansea’s Fernando Llorente may avert it. It may not.

Related: Leicester in place to sign £25m Kelechi Iheanacho from Manchester City

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/jul/07/football-transfer-rumour-mill-liverpool-leicester-city-demarai-gray

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